Humane Party vegan to challenge Allen West

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Andrew Kirschner of Boca Raton formally announced his intentions to run for U.S. Congressional District 22, a seat currently held by Republican superstar Allen West. Kirschner, a Boca Raton resident who has solicited volunteers for his campaign on Facebook by asking them to join the Humane Party of Florida, attended the “Occupy Lake Worth” event on Saturday at Bryant Park, where he was interviewed by BPR.

Kirschner did not discuss his ties to the Humane Party during the interview, but the party’s website,humaneparty.net, calls it the first U.S. political party “committed to rights for all animals — not just the human kind —full realization of an ecosystem-neutral, sustainably prosperous economy, and running and electing only candidates who have committed to humane values both personally and politically.”

The website also reveals the party’s plans to run its first candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and its first presidential candidate in 2016.

In the interview, Kirschner, wearing a “Stop Eating Animals” t-shirt, discussed his campaign strategy and his priorities should he win the seat. Kirschner promised to refuse any donations by corporations, despite West being named “one of the most prolific cash-generators in the country”, in an Oct. 7 Politico article, “Battle for the House: 10 FEC reports to watch.”

According to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office, Kirschner, who is running as an independent, has not officially filed for the race, but he told BIZPAC Review he is running and that he “hopes to catch lightning in a bottle.”

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